After almost a decade of being India’s best skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced that he was stepping down from T20 and One Day International cricket teams, paving the clear way for Kohli’s selection as captain across all three formats. He will, however, continue to play for the limited overs cricket but not as a skipper anymore. With this, we mark an end of the beautiful era of the great cricket which we witnessed.
A press release from BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said: “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian cricket team for One-Day International and T20 International formats of the game.”
Dhoni captained India in 199 one day internationals, winning 110 and losing just 74 with four ties and 11 no results with the winning percentage of 59.57. He also led India in 72 T20 Internationals, winning 41 and losing 28 with one tie and two no results.
Commenting on the development, BCCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri said: “On behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank M.S. Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats.”
“Under his leadership, the Indian team has touched new heights, and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket,” he added.
The void which he had left is hard to fill. Here are few tributes #Dhoni has received on Twitter:
Wish everything could go back in time, and it could start all over again!